Netherlands, Spring Cup 2009
KZ & RV Hollandia, Medemblik
30th April - 3rd May
Report by Neil Goodhead
‘Going Dutch with the Chuckle Brothers’
Following the trauma of a ferry trip from Dover to Calais and 8hrs trapped in a car with our Class Chairman (luckily Mike has a great car apparently), we arrived along with 9 other British sailors at one of Europe's premier sailing venues, Medemblik. Located in the Northern part of the Netherlands, it is essentially a vast lake, but to the unwitting observer could be mistaken for the sea, as you would struggle to spot the opposite shores with the naked eye, but there are several inlets joining it to the North Sea, all making for an ideal venue for the annual Spring Cup. This regatta is a prestigious event on the International OK calendar and this year was extended to four days from the 30th April – 3rd May.
Day 1 got off to a slow start with there being very little wind at the advertised start time, all 34 competitors from 7 countries (America, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Poland and Sweden) were forced to wait until the postponement was lifted, racing eventually commenced at 1400 hours. All three races were held in light and variable (force 1-2) winds, giving some fairly inconsistent results for most except for Karsten Hitz (Ger) who scored firsts in all three races.
Day 2 started even more slowly than Day 1, even less wind meant yet another postponement which was eventually lifted at 1200 hours with little response from the less than enthusiastic competitors, there seemed to be not a breath of breeze across the racecourse. Eventually Neil (Homer) Goodhead (GBR) spurred on by his success on day one broke ranks and launched to go in search of wind, reluctantly followed closely by the rest of the fleet. This of course came to no avail as this only led to another 2 hour wait on the water. The wind eventually starting to fill in, race 4 got underway, and Karsten wasn't going to get it all his own way today, as Goodhead’s eagerness paid off as he won race 4 and Tomasz Gaj (Pol) winning race 5. Race 6 saw a building wind of about force 3-4 but this turned out to be short lived and promptly died back to a force 1 by the end of the first beat. Terry Curtis (GBR) took advantage of this breezy start and found some form going on to win this race. The fleet eventually got ashore at 1930 hours for a few well earned beers.
Day 3 started with a little more promise as there was a small amount of breeze as the fleet cast off for the 10.30 start. Unfortunately the wind promptly died as the fleet approached the race area and then kept filling in from various directions causing another indefinite postponement with everyone being sent back to shore. Racing recommenced at 1430 hours in a building breeze, causing some very tricky conditions on choppy water. Terry Curtis went on to get his second win of the series. With the breeze now a nice force 3-4 race 8 commenced, with a well deserved first going to Oliver Gronholz of Germany. Only 2 races were sailed due to the very late start, with the third race of the day being the scramble to get back to Cafe Brakeboer for the wonderful Indonesian meal put on for all OK sailors by Jack the bar's owner. Some of the fleets youngsters went on from there to the Black and White club and kindly allowed grandfather figure Mike Edwards to join them, a good night was had by all.
Day 4 came complete with a lovely force 3-4 forecast to strengthen later. This allowed us to start race 9 at the advertised start time of 1030 hours. Several boats were noticeably absent (perhaps it's just coincidence, but the helms of these boats were back rather late from the Black and White Bar). With both Karsten and Oliver being flagged OCS, Tomasz Gaj achieved another win. With Race 10 starting soon after, Karsten went on to take his 5th victory of the series, making him the well deserving winner of this years Spring Cup.
Thanks must go to RYA Hollandia for an excellently managed event under some trying wind conditions. With Medemblik being proposed as the venue for the 2010 International OK European Championships, everyone will surely be delighted to return to this wonderful town and premier sailing venue.
|1||GER 744||Karsten Hitz||14,0||1||1||1||2||5||4||2||2||OCS||1|
|2||GER 717||Oliver Gronholz||30,0||2||12||8||3||4||2||4||1||OCS||6|
|3||GBR 2118||Terry Curtis||31,0||4||9||12||23||7||1||1||3||4||2|
|4||POL 1||Tomasz Gaj||31,0||6||6||6||10||1||9||3||4||1||4|
|5||GBR 2126||Mike Edwards||63,0||13||2||5||8||14||18||7||14||9||5|
|6||POL 27||Jakub Kania||63,0||22||17||3||11||3||10||11||10||5||10|
|7||GER 731||Thomas Glas||64,0||15||8||20||22||15||3||8||6||6||3|
|8||DEN 1361||Rene Johansen||64,0||8||15||10||4||11||7||9||12||3||14|
|9||GBR 2125||Neil Goodhead||70,0||9||4||2||1||20||DNF||18||9||14||13|
|10||GER 737||Thorsten Schmidt||72,0||3||11||15||9||16||11||14||21||2||7|
|11||GER 727||Jürgen Splieth||73,0||5||3||11||16||2||16||5||20||15||18|
|12||GER 711||Ralf Mackmann||73,0||10||5||19||6||6||8||6||25||13||DNC|
|13||GER 750||Ralf Tietje||88,0||7||27||23||18||12||6||22||5||7||11|
|14||SWE 99||Hans Elkjaer||98,0||11||19||4||19||8||21||15||17||16||8|
|15||GBR 2101||Julian Burnham||102,0||12||16||7||12||22||15||20||26||11||9|
|16||GER 656||Daniel Gröschl||114,0||16||10||9||15||9||12||26||DNF||17||DNF|
|17||GBR 2123||Andy Turner||121,0||14||13||16||20||23||DNC||23||13||10||12|
|18||GER 747||Andreas Pich||123,0||DNC||DNC||DNC||7||13||5||12||8||8||DNF|
|19||POL 11||Darek Kras||128,0||17||18||21||24||19||14||21||11||12||16|
|20||GER 665||Peter Stephan||140,0||19||21||13||21||21||20||10||15||OCS||DNC|
|21||GER 607||Christian Heinze||146,0||25||25||18||5||17||19||27||16||OCS||21|
|22||GBR 2122||Jon Fish||148,0||20||23||dns||27||10||13||13||7||DNC||DNC|
|23||GBR 2117||Alex Scoles||151,0||26||7||24||13||26||17||19||19||DNC||DNC|
|24||GBR 2059||Pete Turner||161,0||18||14||17||14||18||22||DNC||DNC||23||DNC|
|25||GBR 2129||Alan Atkin||165,0||21||26||22||17||24||25||16||18||22||DNC|
|26||BEL 220||Ronny Poelman||169,0||23||24||25||25||25||30||17||22||18||15|
|27||BEL 214||Paul Verrijdt||179,0||24||22||14||30||27||26||25||32||21||20|
|28||GBR 2065||Simon Shaw||181,0||28||20||27||OCS||28||23||24||23||19||17|
|29||GBR 2130||Deryck Lovegrove||201,0||27||30||29||29||29||24||29||24||20||19|
|30||GER 649||Kai Wehmhoerner||223,0||30||29||28||32||31||27||32||29||25||24|
|31||GER 728||Karsten Kath||229,0||29||28||26||26||30||OCS||28||27||DNF||DNC|
|32||GER 651||Heinz Ridder||230,0||DNC||DNC||DNC||31||32||28||30||28||24||22|
|33||GER 567||Jan Beckmann||249,0||DNC||DNC||DNC||28||33||29||31||31||27||DNC|
|34||GER 690||Brad Johanson||252,0||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||33||30||26||23|